As the year has progressed, the children have demonstrated a keen interest in experiments. This assists in developing their interest in enquiry-based learning, teaches them to hypothesise and encourages trial and error. These are all higher-order thinking which better prepares the children for future learning. This week, we engaged in two experiments, the cloud experiment and a composting experiment. The cloud experiment teaches the children about how rain clouds store the moisture and then rain falls when the build-up is too much. The children enjoyed the food dye streaming out of the shaving cream like colourful rain. Some of the children were able to describe what happened in the clouds prior to the experiment. However, the children tend to learn best when an explanation is given in a visual way, this experiments such as this work very well. The composting experiment will take longer to happen, though aims to show the children what actually happens to the fruit scraps when they are put into our compost bin. The children hypothesised about what they think will happen to the fruit scraps; some suggested that the scraps will disappear and then might come back. The children seem eager to find out what will happen next.
The children enjoy singing songs at mat time and so I have brought a few CDs with nursery rhymes on them to have as background music. Two of the children wanted to dance on the mat while there were no children playing there, so I put the CD on for them. The music and dancing drew a few more children over. They created their own moves and even danced with other children, holding hands. Some children preferred to watch the dancing. This free dancing is fantastic for their understanding of rhythm, but also their creativity.
Jessica, Fiona and Karen